York City Events
When to go
If it's first-class international events and gallery openings you're
after, the question is when not to go. Despite the fantastic atmosphere
around Christmas/Hanukkah and the New Year, the weather is bleak
and the winds icy. In summer the prices rise and the tourist numbers
soar. It can also be oppressively hot. All-round great times can
be had in spring (March-June) and fall (September-December).
Hardly a week goes by without a special event taking place in New
York. In fact, there are some 50 officially recognised parades each
year, along with more than 400 street fairs. Most of these fairs
offer a rather unremarkable selection of fast-food stands, house
plants, athletic socks and cheap belts, however, so don't go out
of your way. Times Square's New Year's Eve festivities are probably
the most famous in the world; less popular is the 5 mile (8km) midnight
run in Central Park. On 5 January, thousands of children wander
up 5th Ave, in a cavalcade of sheep, camels and donkeys, for the
Three Kings Parade. The St Patrick's Day Parade down 5th Ave on
17 March has been held every year for 200 years.
In mid-May the International Food Festival clogs 9th Ave, while
in June Tibetan Monks discuss transcendental matters in Central
Park as part of Change Your Mind Day. The JVC Jazz Festival is also
held in June, as is the free Shakespeare in the Park, where some
of the screen's biggest stars do the bard in Central Park.
On 4 July, Macy's sponsors an Independence Day fireworks spectacle
on the East River. The city's premier black neighbourhood celebrates
Harlem Week in August, and on Labor Day over one million people
take part in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade parade
in Brooklyn, the biggest single event for the year. The New York
Film Festival also takes place in September. Macy's Thanksgiving
Parade in November is always popular, and for more festive cheer
don't miss the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on the
1 Jan - New Year's Day
third Monday in January - Martin Luther King Jr Day
third Monday in February - Presidents' Day
Mar/Apr - Easter
last Monday in May - Memorial Day
4 Jul - Independence Day
first Monday in September - Labor Day
second Monday in October - Columbus Day
11 Nov - Veterens' Day
fourth Thursday in November - Thanksgiving Day
25 Dec - Christmas Day
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John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
JFK, in Queens (at the south end of the Van Wyck Expressway),
primarily handles international flights.
General Info: 718-244-4444
Parking Info: 718-244-4168
Visitor's centers can provide you with free maps and general information about New York.
For information on visiting New York, contact the New York Convention and Visitor's Bureau. You can also call them at 800-NYC-VISIT (U.S. and Canada) or 212/397-8222 (elsewhere). To speak with a multilingual
counsellor: call 212/484-1222 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm EST.